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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."  Philippians 4:8

If my turns to nature have grown tiresome I apologize, but such surprises as I receive there are at least a part of what Paul is writing about in the verse above.(At least in my estimation.)  Gifts of grace that lift me.  And purely that, gifts.

On this day it was the sight of two herons, visible from the church windows looking out over Bronson Creek Park.  One heron was plodding through the water, one was perched in a tree.  What a sight!  But what made the gift seem even more gracious?  One of the teachers from KOK, and some of the kids, had been watching this lovely picture, and she came up stairs to point it out to me.  A shared gift of grace, now that is an uplifting and beautiful gift to behold.

May we be blessed to share the same.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"O God, when you talk of faith you say that we need only but a little and we can do much.  Deepen our faith.  Help us to live, trusting that you are with us each step of the way.  We know our faith will shake and falter, but continue to strengthen us and to let us see every moment that you are ever faithful.  We know we can trust you.  Help us to do just that.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:45 p  Lenten Soup & Bread Supper, we have no sign up sheet, so we will go by faith that those who attend will contribute soup and / or bread
                     6:30 p Facing the Cross Lenten Devotion - Facing Temptation

Thursday      7:00 p Council Meeting  (please note March Newsletters are due no later than Tuesday, February 26th and
                                an article from every committee is appreciated)

Saturday    3:00 p & 6:00 p  REACHING OUT Benefit concert (and Auction) featuring the UO Gospel Singers, its not too late to reserve your seats and if you are unsure until Saturday there will be seats available at the door. You wont want to miss this spiritual and uplifting concert. Please plan to attend. RSVP for free: http://music.uoregon.edu/gospel/

KOK & SOV Canned food drives continues through February 28th.
Please bring  your canned food items and place them in the barrel in the Narthex.